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Camping in South Durras – Weekend Guide

A weekend camping in South Durras is the perfect option if you’re looking for somewhere with lots of outdoor activities on your doorstep. A four-hour drive South of Sydney, between South Durras beach and South Durras Lake, this camping option offers walking, swimming, surfing, kayaking and SUP boarding.

Here’s my guide to a weekend camping in South Durras.

Where: Eurobodalla Coast, NSW, Australia

Getting there: 4 hrs drive South of Sydney.

South Durras Camping

The Eurobodalla Coast is one of my favourite parts of the NSW coastline. Where the road becomes more scenic as soon as you break free of Ulladulla and find yourself surrounded by beautiful, majestic trees. I’ve camped at a few spots along this stretch of the East Coast now and recommend Lakesea Park as a great last-minute option for a beach camping weekend away from Sydney. 

 

Camping spot no.24

 

Camp at Lakesea Park

Camping at Lakesea Park means you can enjoy close proximity to the North end of South Durras Beach. So it’s perfect for a beach camping weekend away. The campsite is relatively large with cabins to rent, as well as permanent caravans onsite. The powered and unpowered spots are set away from the permanent places along a grassy section immediately on the other side to the beach road. The sites are big enough to fit at least two larges tents per site and there were a number of big friend and family groups staying over the October Long Weekend when I was there. You don’t feel on top of each other and everyone was respectful and quiet after 10pm. I would happily go back with friends.

I was able to book last minute over the October long weekend and ended up on the powered tent-only sites (the even-numbered spots 16-36), where you have to park your car on the other side of a grassy area from where your tent is. This site actually turned out to be a really nice option because you feel like you have more privacy and are away from the main campsite walkway. If you’d rather have your car next to you then the powered van/tent sites (as marked on the park map) looked like good options too.

Campsite details

From $38/night (powered site), 1 Durras Lake Rd, South Durras NSW 2536, (02) 4478 6122.

Camping at South Durras Beach

 

 

South Durras in a weekend

Here’s a list of the things you can do in South Durras and around Lakesea Park.

  • Grab a coffee from the campsite’s coffee van, Christie Coffee, and head down to the beach.
  • Surf, swim or fish at South Durras Beach.
  • Fish off the shores of Durras Lake on the other side of the campsite (it’s a great spot to relax in the afternoon with a couple of beers).
  • Hire a kayak from Bay and Beyond ($60 for 4 hours) and glide down multiple inlets around Durras Lake whilst surrounded by Murramarrang National Park. I was there over a weekend and Bay and Beyond had set up for the day at the boat ramp (where there are also public toilets). Take a rod with you to fish along the way or SUPs are also available for hire.
  • Visit small, secluded beaches in Murramarrang National Park. You will need to travel along unsealed roads to get to the car parks and take it slow if you have a 2wd. I visited Dark Beach and Myrtle Beach which are both short walks from the car park.
  • Walk to Murramarrang National Park. I had planned to do the walk from South Durras Beach across the inlet to Depot Beach (check the tides to avoid high tide) but in the end was more than happy to just relax around the campsite, beach, and lake areas. It’s an option though.

Don’t miss: Fire pits are provided with each site so bring a hatchet and some firewood (also available to buy on-site for $15) and spend your evenings by the fire.

 

South Durras may not be as well known as other camping spots along this stretch of coastline (I only discovered it looking for a last-minute spot over the October long weekend) but it’s the perfect spot for a beach camping weekend away. With a lot of things to do and keep you entertained during the day, I recommend it for a weekend spent outdoors. It’s also one of the few coastal spots where you get a fire pit with your site, so close to Sydney.

I hope you enjoy your camping trip to South Durras. Let me know what you think of it in the comments and, happy camping!